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Reducing risk of crop failure by building system-level resilience through science-based natural resource management interventions: A case for rationalising crop insurance premia
Drylands are facing several challenges such as water scarcity, land degradation, and poor agricultural and livestock productivity. These areas are also hotspots of chronic poverty and malnutrition posing a serious threat to economic development. Agriculture and allied sectors play an important role in providing livelihoods to more than 55% of the population in this ecosystem. This sector is going to face heightened distress due to risks associated with changing climatic conditions. Likelihood of diverse biotic (pest/disease) and abiotic (drought, dry spells, floods, hailstorm, etc.) stresses is increasing, and therefore, farmers are often suffering from crop losses either partially or fully. With this realization, the Government of India and several state governments have designed many social protection programs to alleviate distress among farmers due to crop loss.